Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Kitchen Floor Cookies? Oh so frugal, but good

No, no. They're not made with floor sweepings. (My kids think they're so funny.)

These are supposed to be called Kitchen Scrap Cookies, which I don't really like either, but it will have to do for now. I found it on the Like Merchant Ships blog, via a side trip through In a Shoe. Since we did have leftovers from this morning's crockpot cereal (the main ingredients of that were brown rice and oat groats, with a little TVP), I decided to try it. They are good! A lot like pumpkin drop cookies without the pumpkin, which makes sense if you think about it because you're just substituting one thick wet thing for another thick wet thing. We got about four dozen small cookies out of the batch.

Another idea for using up that cooked crockpot cereal (or leftover oatmeal) is to put it in muffins--this only uses up a bit of it (maybe half a cup of cooked cereal per dozen muffins), but sometimes that's what you have. I follow the Tightwad Gazette's instructions for incorporating cooked grains into muffin batter: that is, run them with all the other wet ingredients through the blender, and then add the dry ingredients and adjust the wetness as needed then. I don't own a real blender, but a stick blender works fine for this. I like some applesauce and cinnamon added too. And muffin batter can also become muffin cake if you bake it in a square pan at 350 degrees.


Wenchypoo said...

My MIL used to make Kitchen Sink Cookies (they had everything in 'em but the kitchen sink)every winter. People would go, "ewwwwww" then go "ooooohh" after they tried one.

They started out as a harmless oatmeal cookie recipe, but one day we got together in the kitchen and went berzerk--added raisins, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, spices, whatever we could dig out of the corners of the fridge and pantry.

This should teach us never to let two creative lefties in the kitchen at the same time! We spent a lot of time turning tradition on itd head until she died two years ago.

Mama Squirrel said...

I posted about Kitchen Sink Cookies too, back here: , and Tim's Mom added the original recipe from Recipes For a Small Planet (in the comments).

Meredith said...

Thanks for the link, Mama Squirrel. I was a little worried that the recipe wouldn't translate well to other kitchens, since cooked-oatmeal-consistency is so variable. Let me know when you come up with a better name, though : ) I considered Patchwork Cookies, but Scrap Cookies was more accurate.